Baseball fans in the state of Illinois have been waiting for this particular post season for a long time.
The north side of Chicago has been waiting for over 100 years for an October Cubbies parade. Lou Pinella told his players not to worry about the franchise's past, but to only concentrate on the present. Obviously the pep talk didn't work, and the Cubs won't be seeing the World Series this year.
After getting swept by the Dodgers in the NLDS, Cubs fans will have to endure another off-season of tears. After their second playoff appearance in as many years, the Cubs once again failed to move to the second round of the playoffs.
The Cubs had the best record (and the highest payroll) in the NL this season while playing in the NL Central, the NL's toughest division, with four teams having a better record then the NL West Champion LA Dodgers.
The Cubs, who won thirteen more games than the Dodgers, were outscored by LA 15-6 in the three game series after scoring 855 in the regular season, the most in the NL and 2nd in the Majors behind the Texas Rangers' 901. The Cubs just ran out of gas.
The White Sox were the same way. After so many must-win games at the end of the season, including a grueling 1-0 over Minnesota to put them in the postseason, the ChiSox looked tired.
Facing a young and restless Tampa Bay team, the White Sox wrote their book in Tampa Bay record books, losing the series 3-1, becoming Tampa Bay's first ever victim in the postseason.
The Sox were outscored by TB 21-13, but only hit .236 during the series, and had an ERA of 5.56 in the four games. An offense that relies heavily on the long ball hit only four home runs in the four games, two of which were by Paul Konerko. The White Sox lone run in the Minnesota series was a solo Jim Thome home run.
And it didn't help that they lost their MVP contender and offensive juggernaut, Carlos Quentin, for the season in early September.
You have to feel bad for Ken Griffey Jr, who has now played in 2514 games without playing in a World Series, agreed to be traded to Chicago because he felt it was the best chance he had of going to the World Series. Griffey will be a free-agent in the off-season, and you can bet that you can see No.17 in pinstripes next season, starting Opening Day in New Yankee Stadium in centerfield.
When the White Sox swept the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series, Ozzie Guillen had declared the Sox as a team that would play "small-ball", which they did not execute this season.
So, after the Red Sox won the series over the Angels, and Tampa won over the ChiSox, the world will once again have to suffer through another East Coast team representing the American League in the World Series, the fifth time in seven years.
So, Chicago fans, be patient. Someday, there will be an L-Train Series. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow.
But after all Cubs fans...what's another hundred years?
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